2008 LJ challenge project finally completed

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Blog entry by bryano posted 02-01-2008 03:15 AM 983 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At last my breadbox is done. the project was entered in both catigories. It is made from one 8’ cherry 2×4. the sides are 3/8s thick, the bottom, top, and back are 1/4 inch thick. the bottom to the knife storage is also 1/4 inch thick. the tambour door is 21 slats 5/8s wide by 3/16 thick with a 30 degree bevel on both edges of each slat. I wanted to use cloth to hold the slats together but figured it was clasified as another building material. instead I used 40 small hinges and a hot glue gun. The top of the Knofe holder can be used to slice bread on.

-- bryano

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#1 posted 02-01-2008 03:24 AM

Bryan, this is a really nice piece. I admire your perseverance in using the hinges for your tambour door. That certainly was innovative. I can say without a doubt that I would not have had the patience to do this. Obviously this was an excellent example of “thinking outside the box”.

Thanks for sharing and good luck in the contest.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-01-2008 03:34 AM

Thanks Bryan, I had to work fast on this project with no mistakes, I only started on this 4 days ago. The only setback was haveing 2 upper back teeth pulled(no fun). The hinges do take patience.

-- bryano

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#3 posted 02-01-2008 03:55 AM


I have to be honest, I’m impressed how you were able to enter both contest with the same project, and it came out so well. Of course, I wish I could get cherry 2×4’s around here ;)

It looks good. Congrats.


-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#4 posted 02-01-2008 04:03 AM

Its not easy to get cherry 2×4s heer ither. I just got lucky . It was going to go in a dumpster untill i gave it a detour to my car.

-- bryano

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#5 posted 02-01-2008 04:44 AM

Nice project, Bryano! I like this design. You did a great job!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 02-01-2008 04:49 AM

Great job on both projects. A nice breadbox..

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 02-01-2008 04:58 AM

And here I thought you “made” the 2×4 to start with. Now who out there is making such things, and where is their dumpster? (you know, in case I’m in the neighborhood). Impressed you built the roll top with all those hinges. I’d probably have used canvas or something.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 02-01-2008 05:13 AM

Thanks for all the nice coments.

Scott, I wanted to use canvas but figured it would not be allowed because it was a type of building material. there is a similar project in my past projects using canvas

-- bryano

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#9 posted 02-01-2008 10:39 AM

Great project. It is a keeper, too. After the contest is over you could replace the hinges with canvas for the tambour.

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#10 posted 02-01-2008 12:30 PM

Great idea rikkor. I would like to see how well the hot glue holds up though.but just incase I already have some denim.

-- bryano

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#11 posted 02-01-2008 12:35 PM

Very cool. I was wondering how you did the tambour. Man, that took patience.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#12 posted 02-01-2008 01:06 PM

Great stuff,
Do you need to wax the tambour door to help the slats open and close?
– have not had a whirl at this kinda door, but may soon with my Fathers new kitchen…

-- My Fear is when i die, my wife will sell my tools for what I TOLD her they cost

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#13 posted 02-01-2008 09:49 PM

Not only a great job, but done so quickly. Best of luck.

-- Bob Lance, DE

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#14 posted 02-01-2008 10:01 PM

Great job Bryan!
Turned out really nice. Good luck!
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#15 posted 02-02-2008 12:28 AM

If you keep your finish out of the tambour grove it should slide effortlessly given enough clearence. the slats are 3/16 thick, the grove they run in 1s 1/4’. If you let finish into the grove it would be a good idea to use beeswax.

-- bryano

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